Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has put a simple choice to current IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander after the American was thrust into a potential fight with Floyd Mayweather in the early hours of this morning.
Just 48 hours on from pulling out of a mandatory title defence against Kell Brook on February 23 in Detroit with a bicep injury, Alexander has now been put in pole position by Mayweather himself, to challenge the pound for pound king on May 4 in Las Vegas.
That leaves Sheffield’s Brook in no man’s land as far as completing his dream of fighting for a world championship is concerned and Hearn wants clarity on the situation as he aims to keep ‘The Special One’ on course to fulfill his ambition.
“We always questioned the injury and I always had a feeling Devon would duck Kell,” Hearn told World Boxing News.
“The bottom line is we have a contract to fight Devon Alexander and even the IBF rules state no fighter can take a fight before this bout is concluded. It’s simple for Devon, fight Kell or vacate the title.”
Hearn has also questioned Mayweather’s objectives in making the announcement at this time and believes that there could be more to Alexander’s involvement than meets the eye as ‘Money’ lines up an opponent for his upcoming ‘Cinco de Mayweather’ bill.
“It may well be a smoke screen to drive negotiations for Floyd’s other potential opponents, but only time will tell. Either way, the next 48 hours should be lively,” stated Hearn.